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Issue No. 224 - Wednesday, 12th November 2008
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Page 1 [WNTV NEWS - Search for Marion - Week Off - Remembering the fallen - Crime - Slow Down - Lego - Post Office]
Page 2 [A wet but great Ross Lions' firework display - Letters - Christmas Crafts for charities]
Page 3 [Potters Bar Reunion - Letter from Rugby Club - Don't get trapped by this con! - Non emergency number for Police]

Page 4

[Wet Weekend - Policing Matters - Autumn Photos - Congratulations - Operation Hallow - Menus - Rugby - Wx]
Page 5 [Young man dies after road accident in Ledbury and the rest of the news from around the region]
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The Search Continues for Marion

Marion Warwick.

Relatives and Police are extremely concerned for the safety and welfare of 75-year old Marion Warwick, who went missing from her home in Wilton last Friday.

Marion was last seen by her husband when she got out of bed at 3am on Friday. When her husband awoke in the morning she was nowhere to be found and the police were then informed.

Mrs Warwick is described as white, 5' 7" tall, medium build, with short gingery/blonde hair. She is believed to be wearing a long brown cashmere coat on top of her pyjamas. Marion is prone to occasional memory loss and requires medication for a heart condition.

Police have been conducting a major search of the area, using the police helicopter, police trackers dogs from both West Mercia and MOD police and available uniform staff from the county. Concern was expressed due to of the proximity of the River Wye and the very busy A40 trunk road.

Inspector Damien Sowrey of Hereford Police, who is co-ordinating the search, asked last Friday that any sightings of Mrs Warwick are reported to police as a matter of urgency, using the 999 system if appropriate -

otherwise to call 0300 333 3000. He also urged local residents to check the environs of their property, especially sheds and outbuilding in case she has sought refuge therein.'

The search continued throughout Saturday and on Sunday, when a rescue team searched along stretches of the River Wye, starting at Wilton but at the time of publishing, there is still no news of Marion. If there is any further news, we will publish as and when we hear from the police, regardless of our Wednesday publication day.

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There will be no 'Wyenot News' or 'WNTV' next week, Wednesday, 19th November 2008 as Tina and I need a break. Tina is taking the week off from the White Lion and I from here. In order to make this a proper break, we have deliberately chosen this time - during a period renowned for low levels of local news - so that we can forget about Ross entirely for a week, and maybe even go away together for a time. Not sure where yet - maybe Burnham, maybe Selsey - anywhere but Ross will be nice. (Not that we don't like being in Ross of course. It's just that mostly we can't go into town without somebody mentioning news in one way or another and so we don't actually get a break from it if we stay home.)

The news and television programme will be back as usual on Wednesday, 26th November and any important news items sent in from now onwards will be covered in that edition. Please continue to send in your news items. We will not reply but will save them for the following week, when things will be back to normal. If however there is any news of Marion Warwick, I shall be checking my email once per day and we will publish this news if and when we here from the police.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding. We will, of course be home for the Potters Bar Reunion Party on 22nd November.

Remembering Those Who Gave Their Lives

Despite the very wet weather, a congregation of hundreds gathered around the newly sited War Memorial at the Prospect in Ross on Sunday morning to remember those who gave their lives so that the rest of us can be free. Some of the service can be seen in this week's WNTV programme.

The poem, 'Passing Stranger' below was written several years ago by my wordsmith and good friend Steve O'Kane. It is a tribute to the hundreds of thousands of names we see on war memorials all over the country and indeed the world. I worry a little about doing this but I will quote Steve exactly, from the time he sent me the poem. I think this is the best way to show the meaning and the feeling behind it:

'I don't mean to sound conceited Al, but when I wrote this it was much more complex than me writing "yet another poem about the war". I worked harder at it than appears, as I wanted to make sure that whatever I did it didn't glorify war, and was not specific to any country, or branch of the armed forces. I also didn't want it to cast any blame on either side. Ultimately, I envisaged it on a huge international memorial, in Japan, or Germany or Italy, or wherever - in fact, one in EVERY country - victor and vanquished, and yet the words would still be relevant. A universal monument in all languages. It can even be interpreted to embrace the fire-fighters or WAFFs or nurses - any and all victims.

It seems very simplistic to read it now, compared to some of my stuff. All I can say is that it was actually incredibly complicated to make it that simple!'

Passing Stranger
A poem by Steve O'Kane

Passing stranger, dancing child,
Here, in our shadow, rest for a while.
You won't know me. yet heed me well,
Mine was a story pray you'll never tell.
Scripted by many hands, but ended alone.

Written in blood.
Carved in stone.

Passing stranger, dancing child,
Here, in our shadow, smile your sweet smile.
Your lips softly voice our names;
There, in your whispering, we live again.
See us all marching still, line after line.

Please to remember us
From time to time.

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Crime in Ross Still on the Decline

Crime and incidents of antisocial behaviour in Ross are still on the decline, Inspector Jim McLaughlin informed Ross Town Council at their meeting on Monday, 10th November. The Inspector went on to say that Operation Hallow, which was designed to prevent nuisance in and around the town during Hallowe'en was also very successful. He also informed the council that work on improving the custody and public service areas at Ross Police Station is due to begin in January 2009.

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Jo Gilmour Ofsted registered Childminder

Please call 07876 683239 or email for vacancies

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Orles Barn Wilton, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. HR9 6AE
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Motorists - Please Slow Down at Road Works

Herefordshire Council is urging motorists to slow down and be patient at road works so that workers and members of the public can stay safe. The warning comes after concerns were expressed by workers from the council's contractor, Amey, that motorists were travelling too fast through road works and were also refusing to comply with their instructions to stop.

Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for highways and transportation, said, 'It has been found that vehicles travelling through road works are going at speeds which put both the workers and members of the public at risk. In a number of recent cases, the registration number of vehicles causing concern have been recorded and these details have been passed onto the police.

Safety on our roads is of paramount importance and I would urge all motorists to take every precaution when approaching road works

Motorists are asked to:
Keep to the speed limit
Get into the correct lane in good time
Concentrate on the road ahead, not the road works
Be alert for works traffic leaving or entering road works
Keep a safe distance
Observe and adhere to all road work warning signs

Wanted - LEGO for Wyetots

Are your children too grown up for their lego now? Do you have masses of it stuck up in your attic? If the answer to either of these questions is 'Yes' then Jo Gilmour of Wyetots would be very pleased to hear from you.

Jo is an Ofsted registered child minder, offering quality child care to children aged 0 to 11 years and would like to add LEGO to the list of activities available to her charges.

If you can help please email Jo at:

Sarah Angered by Body Blow of Tudorville Post Office Closure

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate and local Post Office campaigner Sarah Carr has spoken of her anger that the review of the closure of Tudorville Post Office has been completed with the news that the branch will close at the beginning of December.

Post Office Limited is currently exploring the possibility of introducing a new 'Urban Outreach' service at this location on a trial basis. However, there has been as yet no formal public commitment to providing any alternative provision beyond 3rd December, meaning Tudorville could be without any Post Office services in the run up to Christmas.

Sarah said, 'This closure is a body blow for local residents many of whom rely on this Post Office as part of the lifeblood of their community. This so called 'further review' of Tudorville Post Office has turned out to be nothing but a further cynical attempt at duping residents into thinking that the branch could be saved. Sadly, this whole consultation has reeked of foregone conclusions in which the views and needs of residents have come second to the need for Post Office Ltd to cut costs. This is unacceptable which ever way you cut it. I shall be continuing the fight to ensure that the residents of Tudorville can access the public services that they need. This Closure Culture affecting so many of Herefordshire's communities must be reversed as a matter of urgency'.

'Wyenot News'
The above is a press release which we received from the Liberal Democrat Party. We have since heard that some Post Office services will still be available at Tudorville Stores from within the shop itself.

Sarah Carr outside Tudorville Post Office.

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Dave and Jacqui Newman would like to welcome you to the White Lion 16th Century Riverside Inn. Situated right on the banks of the River Wye at Ross, the White Lion is a picturesque local inn with an interesting history and is noted for its spectacular river views. The White Lion has long been a favourite place to relax by both local people and tourists alike.

The White Lion's extensive and picturesque gardens reach right down to the river's edge and are a wonderful place to enjoy views of the river. It is a great spot to watch the local otters, nesting swans and other wildlife.

Click here for further details on the White Lion Inn.


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